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entrepreneurship. so what's a short-term fiscal cliff deal and longer-term budget, what does that come how does it have to be structured in your view in a way that will put us in a position to deal with these other things? >> short term it's the issue of the sequester between dollars, how do we make the cut but the president is very clear about this. we should not cut access to higher education. my own state, we've seen cutting of fire education. how is that going to help pennsylvania's, or americans to build have access when attractive companies, if we don't have a skilled workforce. that's always been important, how do we actually -- so we need to make sure that we're helping education, our role. [inaudible] all of our schools could do better, either finest public schools. in my own district has lots of very good schools and some that are struggling. even the most on the wealthiest school districts want the federal government to help them. that starts at a very early age. access to education i don't have families and digits are earning incomes of $50,000, think about that. how do they do that
with the fiscal cliff and dealing with our debt situation and not have a debt ceiling hanging out there as a diversionary but dangerous issue. but for some reason, inexplicable, the minority leader, the republican leader, changed his mind. now, he said on the floor well, important measures deserve 60 votes, but when he brought it up earlier, he acted as if he was in favor of it, he was offering it. and now, of course, essaying no, he's going to object to his own resolution. i wish he would reconsider. again, playing -- using the debt ceiling as leverage, using the debt ceiling as a threat, using the debt ceiling as a way to achieve a different agenda is dangerous. it's playing with fire. and yet, with the opportunity to take that off the table, reassure the markets, the minority leader blinked. i don't know why. it's hard to figure out the strategy that he's employing, but we would hope on this side of the aisle -- and i think i speak for all of us -- that he would reconsider and perhaps early next week let us vote on his own resolution. i yield the floor. mr. schumer: i notice th
to deal with the fiscal cliff is to have a true fiscal reform package that i hope would be in the range of $4 trillion, $4.5 trillion, so we can put this issue behind us and really begin this next year with it in the rear-view mirror and our economy taking off because we've shown the world that we've actually dealt with these issues and people in our country would have the confidence to invest -- to invest here in our country because they know we in washington have been responsible in that way. one of the big discussions that's taking place right now is revenues, and, really, i think at the end of the day, we're going to come to a conclusion very soon that it's probably time for us to go ahead and rescue the 98% of the country that's been caught up in all of this. and my sense is we're going to have some resolution to that in the -- in the very near future. what i have found is, and one of the reasons that we don't have a solution, is that people on both sides of the aisle are focused over here on the revenue side, but so far there really has been almost no discussion on the entitlement
-called fiscal cliff and also achieved a broad deal that would help address this long-term deficit challenge that we face in a way that helps the economy grow and create jobs. that's our focus at the moment, and we believe it is coming. >> on susan rice the clock is winding down president clinton signed for next month and there's the regulation that a decision would have been made by now as to who will replace her. is there a hold of? >> there is no holdup. the president has made no decisions and i have no announcements to make. >> about the decision to allow the corporate for the inaugural activities, why did the president change his mind on that? >> i think he's taking questions on that. i haven't had that discussion. >> the president was a part of the transition in 2008, 2009. the announced the reason they were sitting limitations was to put the country on a new path. this is not the division, this is a presidential decision. >> but that is handling questions like that. i haven't had a discussion with anyone here in the committee so i would address your questions there and i am sure they
the fiscal cliff, we shouldn't do $4 trillion deal. wish to a $9 trillion deal and create the confidence in the world that we're going to manage our problems and we're going to downsize our government so we have a future. because the opposite of not downsizing, not making our choices, i don't everybody gets fired from congress, the opposite of that is at the other end of future. and the loss of freedom, the loss of independence. the morning shows today talked about our lack of power and effect in the middle east. why do you think we have lost effect and power in the middle is? because we have lost our economic might and we are losing the power and effect of our military might. and we won't have the money to continue to be a force for good in the world, because we will not live within our means. so the debt bomb is coming. the question is how do we defuse it? to maintain what we need to do to help the people that really need help in this country, but i should get together and work and solve the problem rather than play the political game. we are already playing a political game about the
, and headquarters. and it will continue to unless we deal with it. so it's an opportunity during the fiscal cliff discussion, not just as i how do we get more revenue but how do we do it three system that will help to create economic growth rather than adding an additional layer on top of our outdated antiquated and efficient tax system, we have the opportunity here to actually provide the necessary incentive to get the tax code to a point where it does create growth. as compared to our global competitors, and where we are able to see, therefore, an improvement in our fiscal condition. and so when people talk about what's going to happen here in the short term, the next few weeks, no, we are not going to enact tax reform, nor should we. it's way too complicated. but there's been a lot of good work done. it's been done by the finance committee, done by simpson-bowles and some of the folks behind me. it's been done by alice rivlin and pete domenici and others who are here. and, frankly, we have a pretty good sense of where we opt ago. i think there's a building consensus about broadening the base.
approach to dealing with the fiscal cliff. now, this morning, mr. president, i listened to speaker boehner where he said the ball is in the president's court. i couldn't disagree more with the speaker of the house. and i think it's important to point out that since we've been working on trying to deal with this deficit issue, we have already agreed to over a trillion dollars of cuts in spending. it's in discretionary domestic spending, some of the most challenging areas that affects our most vulnerable people. we've implemented that. this is since the recommendations of the simpson-bowles commission came out. we took action. we imposed caps on discretionary dome spending. our federal work force has been through years, a couple years of pay freezes. we've seen programs that have been cut back on the support that they give people who need help. so we've already contributed on the spending side. is it enough? no. do we need to do more? absolutely. but we've done that. the next piece that must be done is the revenue piece. you can't have a balanced approach unless you have the revenues. smeen
% of some sort of deal would be reached to avoid the fiscal cliff and i know it's hard to read the tea leaves because in the meantime you have these offers that are not serious. it's like fiscal cliff bungee jumping. i believe the odds are good that there'll be some sort of deal made. >> let's get into the longer-term deal which i think almost everyone agrees, entitlement reform and tax reform is going to take place in 2013 and maybe 14. it's a long process but just in the short term, can the republicans, can enough republicans while a win say we don't like it but we will have to go along for now whether it's 39.6% rate in comeback with the promise next year of trying to lower it and broaden the base? >> i would much prefer we do the kind of reform that i laid out in a bill a few weeks ago, not inking this bill would become law but this bill would show a path forward with $4.5 trillion in savings. i think that, in the event that the house feels that when they see that the senate is obviously controlled by the democratic party and the democratic president, he basically have a president,
this year is hopefully move beyond the fiscal cliff. i know over in the house there are discussions about when do you do this, do you do it on january 3 or do you do that in this calendar year. i would argue the very best way to deal with this would be to deal with it prior to year end and go ahead and take our responsibility seriously, make sure that we rescue the 98% of the people in our country before year end so they go into the new year knowing that that has been dealt with, and then there's other ways we can deal with the upper 2%. i know in new york, for instance, $250,000 a year is not considered to be are extremely wealthy. so maybe we deal with other machinations other than what has been laid out in public comments by the president. but i think we're going to deal with this issue. i want to come to the debt ceiling. madam president, everyone in this country knows what damage was done to our country when we pressed right up against the debt ceiling two augusting ago. i don't want to see that happen again. i do think the arrangement created between the white house and congress dur
as we come to the year end that we have a major deal which we must have on the fiscal cliff that we also include the farm bill. because with the farm bill we save $23 billion over what we've been spending the last few years. so let's get to work and get this done. thank you, madam president. i yield the floor. i ask unanimous consent that the following members of senator baucus' staff be granted floor privileges during the consideration of h.r. 6156. that would be lisa pearlman, rebecca nolan, owen hockey and dan rusk. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. klobuchar: i yield the floor and i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island. mr. reed: i ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reed: i ask unanimous consent a dealee to the committee on banking, housing and urban affairs, katharine topping be granted floor privileges for the remainder of this session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reed: thank you. we all
you. unaccountable. c-span2. >>host: has part of our series looking at the fiscal cliffs we look at different aspects today we turn our attention to the amt and the patch that could work out a deal if they do nothing it will affect 30 million americans. john buckley thank you for being here. what is the alternative minimum tax? >>guest: you pay the greater of the regular income tax or under the minimum tax that has the broader-based to disallow those deductions. >> in some respects it is similar to the itemize deductions rather than directly attack it puts the overall cap there is no new ideas it bears a strong relationship. >>host: here's the form for the 2011 tax preparation the alternative minimum taxes you fall into it? how do you know, ? >> i believe you could only do this with computer programs like tax prepares if fried did not have that i do believe that at&t would have been killed along time ago if people really had to do that to figure out the details there would be a strong revolt against the complexity. it is extremely burdensome if you try to do it without preparatio
and toward this so-called cliff. i've been talking to a number of my colleagues, republicans and democrats and others, there is a majority consensus here for putting together a credible long-term package to deal with our fiscal situation which would send a message to the world and send a message to our citizens that the congress and the government are serious about addressing our fiscal situation and putting us on a path to fiscal health. and in doing so it would restore the confidence of the american people, it would restore the confidence of investors around the world that america is getting its act together at a time when europe is struggling, at the time when japan is struggling and slowing down, when china growth is slowing, the world is looking to the united states to take the lead. as it has so many times in so many crises before. yet all they see is the stand-off and the inability to do what i think we all need to do. now, the choice is very clear. we have come to the point where i think most people looking at this understand that if we don't act now, the so-called kicking the can
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